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Aphorisms are encapsulated verbalisations of specific Toltec concepts and teachings. In addition to Volume VI - The Book of Aphorisms, aphorisms appear throughout the Toltec Teachings series of books, since they contain the essence of the Toltec Teachings.

In fact, all of the Toltec Teachings are contained in the form of aphorisms. The accompanying explanations serve mainly to bring out and to make clear particular aspects that Théun is trying to express in his books.

This is important to remember when reading the books. It is simply impossible to express in words the full extent and meaning of each aphorism, since these are vast. Also, people will not relate to the same aphorism in the same way. This is because every person is different, every person's experience is different, every person's perception is different and every person is at a different point in the evolution of his or her awareness.

Toltec aphorisms are not like a mantra or affirmation - repeating them will not take you anywhere. They are also not like Zen koans. They are statements that if worked with practically in everyday life, can help you to discover what is really going on, can help you to meet your challenges, and can help you to figure out for yourself what your next moves should be. Working with aphorisms can help you to discover the root causes of the issues in your life. Some can be worked with fairly simply, whilst others need to be worked with in conjunction with different aspects of the teachings.

By working with the aphorisms within the context of our everyday life, we not only gain a wealth of knowledge about ourself, our behaviour and the behaviour of others, but we also gain invaluable insights into our life, our fate and the purpose and meaning of all.

Example:

"The only failure in life is the failure to fight."

What does this aphorism mean? At first sight it seems quite straightforward with not much to it. However, in using aphorisms we need to go beyond the face value, and start working with the aphorism, in order to see what we can find out about ourself from our own experience.

So, we would ask questions such as; "What do I regard as failure?" "What do I do, to myself, and to others, when I see myself as having failed in anything? "Do I take it out on myself, or others?" "Do I indulge in feeling guilty?' "Do I give up?" "Do I know how to turn an apparent failure into success - so that all can benefit?" "If not, how do I keep myself stuck and timid after having made a 'mistake'?"

"What does it mean to fight?" "What does it mean to fail to fight?" "What are the rules by which I should fight?" "If the only failure in life is the failure to fight, then what is the purpose of life?"

The questions go on and on! But in gaining our own answers from our life, we uncover a wealth of knowledge about ourself - about how we think and feel about ourself and others, and about life in general. Practically, we also discover the many different ways in which we trip ourself up, and how we prevent ourself from materialising our dreams. This knowledge is our own knowledge, or power.

Knowledge of the self is true power - power that nobody can take away from you.